Hong Kong hosting MPA workshop

Event includes filmmaking classes, lectures

HONG KONG — The Motion Picture Assn.’s three-day film production workshop will be in Hong Kong until Wednesday after its Asia-Pacific debut in Beijing last year.

The workshop includes filmmaking classes with lectures, case-study analysis and exercises. Aimed at encouraging and boosting the skills of Hong Kong filmmakers and film students, it also will touch on marketing and the U.S. independent production model with an emphasis on international distribution.

“One of the most successful Hollywood films of the past year was ‘The Departed,’ an adaptation of the superb Hong Kong trilogy ‘Infernal Affairs,'” said Sam Ho, exec director and general manager of the Intl. Federation Against Copyright Theft — Great China, which is hosting the workshops with the MPA. “And with Chinese films becoming increasingly popular around the world, the influence on Hollywood of Chinese filmmakers, especially, Hong Kong filmmakers, is rising.”

Professionals involved with the project include Ira Deutchman, president and chief exec of Emerging Pictures, a New York-based film production distribution and digital exhibition company; writer-producer Tom Musca; and writer-director Ramon Menendez, who collaborated with Musca on “Stand and Deliver,” “Money for Nothing” and “Tortilla Soup.”

Workshop, established in 1990, also is supported by Time Warner, Apple, Swire Beverages and Hong Kong’s Intellectual Property Department. Filmmakers and students can attend free of charge with an invitation.

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